Song Lyric Sunday: Desire/Lust/Romance/Passion

It’s Sunday and once again, I am participating in Song Lyric Sunday. Today, the theme is Desire/Lust/Romance/Passion. I am sharing a little song, which I already wanted to share several weeks ago when the theme was Fire or something like it.

In 2008 or 2009, my husband introduced me to Tom Lehrer. The first songs I heard were I Hold Your Hand in Mine and Poisoning Pigeons in the Park. For my 23rd birthday, I however got a CD with lots of songs by Lehrer. One of them is The Masochism Tango, which I am sharing here. I love the upbeat tune and the lyrics, of course.

Title: The Masochism Tango
Singer and Songwriter: Tom Lehrer

Another familiar type of love song is the passionate or
fiery variety, usually in tango tempo, in which the singer exhorts his partner to haunt him and taunt him and, if at
all possible, to consume him with a kiss of fire. This particular illustration of this genre is called
„The Masochism Tango”.
I ache for the touch of your lips, dear
But much more for the touch of your whips, dear
You can raise welts
Like nobody else
As we dance to the Masochism Tango
Let our love be a flame, not an ember
Say it’s me that you want to dismember
Blacken my eye
Set fire to my tie
As we dance to the Masochism Tango
At your command
Before you here I stand
My heart is in my hand . . .
(Yeechh!)
It’s here that I must be
My heart entreats
Just hear those savage beats
And go put on your cleats
And come and trample me
Your heart is hard as stone or mahogany
That’s why I’m in such exquisite agony
My soul is on fire
It’s aflame with desire
Which is why I perspire when we tango
You caught my nose
In your left castanet, love
I can feel the pain yet, love
Ev’ry time I hear drums
And I envy the rose
That you held in your teeth, love
With the thorns underneath, love
Sticking into your gums
Your eyes cast a spell that bewitches
The last time I needed twenty stitches
To sew up the gash
You made with your lash
As we danced to the Masochism Tango
Bash in my brain
And make me scream with pain
Then kick me once again
And say we’ll never part
I know too well
I’m underneath your spell
So, darling, if you smell
Something burning, it’s my heart . . . (hiccup)
‘Scuse me!
Take your cigarette from its holder
And burn your initials in my shoulder
Fracture my spine
And swear that you’re mine
As we dance to the Masochism Tango

4 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Desire/Lust/Romance/Passion

  1. WOW!

    There were whole generations who grew up with Lehrer and his News and satire, including on Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service.

    I first learnt of Lehrer for myself on a mailing list in the early 2000s where there were some big fans who would share in their signature lines. Remember a particularly animated discussion in January 2001.

    Love and desire have been much on my mind; along with yes, Masochism.

    [trying to remember there is indeed a man called Masoch! Sadism comes from the Marquis de Sade].

    Tangos and salsas are so wonderful.

    The lyric print was very helpful – TL’s lyrics are very speech-like.

    My favourites might be:

    “And I envy the rose
    That you held in your teeth, love
    With the thorns underneath, love
    Sticking into your gums
    Your eyes cast a spell that bewitches
    The last time I needed twenty stitches
    To sew up the gash
    You made with your lash”

    What a very thoughtful way to mark your 23rd birthday, Astrid.

    Liked by 1 person

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